Matsuda captures 200-meter freestyle title at nationals

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Olympic and world 200-meter butterfly bronze medalist Takeshi Matsuda won the 200 freestyle at the National Swimming Championships on Friday.Matsuda clocked 1 minute, 47.01 seconds for his first title in the discipline at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. Yoshihiro Okumura finished 0.59 behind in second place.High school swimmer Jumpei Higashi won the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:11.83.Takuro Fujii claimed his second straight 100 butterfly crown in 51.94.Ryosuke Irie advanced to the men’s 200 backstroke final to be held Saturday with the fastest time of 1:56.81.On the women’s side, Haruka Ueda won her third consecutive 200-meter freestyle title in 1:58.52.Tomoyo Ueda, the 200-meter individual medley national record holder, won the 100 butterfly in 58.48.Only two national records have been broken in the first four days of the meet — Kosuke Kitajima in the 50 breaststroke and Masayuki Kishida in the 50 freestyle — due in part to a ban on high-tech swimsuits.A total of 20 national records were set last year. center_img Takeshi Matsuda reacts after winning the 200 freestyle at the national swimming championships in Tokyo on Friday. | KYODO PHOTO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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